Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Sunday that the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations (IVIC) has successfully tested a molecule, DR10, which “cancels 100%” of the new coronavirus.
“The IVIC tested a molecule used to treat hepatitis C to treat covid-19. This study lasted six months, resulting in the annihilation of 100% of the virus. Venezuela obtained a drug that cancels 100% the coronavirus,” he told television. Venezuelan state-owned company.
According to Nicolas Maduro, the “study was certified, with all the necessary tests” and in the coming days Venezuela “will proceed (…) through the World Health Organization, to ratify (ratify) the results obtained”.
The President of Venezuela also explained that it is the DR10 molecule, which has been totally isolated and “has no toxicity that affects healthy molecules” or causes side effects.
Nicolás Maduro was confident that Venezuela will soon begin “mass production” thanks to “international alliances”.
On the other hand, the Venezuelan Minister of Science and Technology, Gabriela Jiménez, explained that the investigation was monitored “through cells infected with the virus (Sars-cov2 or coronavirus), isolated, in Venezuelan patients”.
The DR10 molecule, is a derivative of ursolic acid and the results were “100% inhibition in virus replication in vitro”, he said.
In Venezuela, 89,565 cases of covid-19 are officially confirmed, which caused 770 deaths, while 84,720 people recovered from the disease.
The country has been on alert since March 13, which allows the executive to enact “drastic decisions” to combat the pandemic.
After allowing for a “wide flexibilization” of the preventive quarantine of the covid-19, which allowed the opening of commercial establishments in general, tourism and public bodies, access to the country’s beaches, activities and outdoor events, Venezuela returns today to seven days of strict quarantine.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 1.1 million deaths and almost 42.7 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.